COVID19 Action Fund for Africa: radical collaboration at its best

English Sall, Lyudmila Nepomnyashchiy (CHAP) In late September, the African Philanthropy Forum’s Executive Director, Mosun Layode, elevated the story about the powerful partnership of more than 30 organizations joined in collaborative action to protect the health of millions of Africans. Responding to an emergency requires an all-hands-on-deck approach: individuals and institutions set aside differences and […]

Confronting Modern Philanthropy’s Role in Racial Injustice

This article was first published on the Skoll Foundation website Source:(unsplash) James Eades By Atti Worku – Seeds of Africa, By Sibabalwe Mona – nuAfrica The myth of the corporate American do-gooder is a thinly veiled attempt at upholding the capitalist systems that produce and entrench systemic injustice and inequality. The philanthropic community must—and can—change […]

Wakanda for Never!

In 2019, a year after the film Black Panther was released, the fictional country Wakanda was the fourth most mentioned African country on Twitter, after Egypt, South Africa and Kenya. The fact that Africa’s fourth most talked about country does not exist tells us two things:      Pop culture is a powerful tool for […]

60 Million African Children Brains Are Not Growing Properly

Malnutrition and Early Childhood Development in Sub-Saharan Africa Growing up in the 1980’s, I vividly remember being inundated with television images of starving African children surrounded by celebrity musicians chiming to the now classic tune “We are the World”. Back then, their aim was to galvanize global support towards ending child malnutrition in Africa. Sadly, […]

Enabling African Diaspora Philanthropy

As Black Panther broke film history records, it fueled worldwide interest in African resources, technological prowess, and creativity.   My two children, aged 18 and 9 and born and raised in the African diaspora, loved the mythical imagery of Wakanda.  They were moved by the deep ties that bind people of African descent. The film […]

Education: Intergenerational Wealth Transfer

Some will be left behind because our current system is designed to enable those that have access to quality education to thrive. The weakest link on the African continent today is an education system without a clear purpose, one that isn’t accessible to everyone who wants it. In my view, education in the early years […]

Endless Opportunities for Impact in 2019

What are your philanthropic plans for 2019? There are numerous ways to give back and varying channels to utilize. The United Nations has highlighted 17 focus areas- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aligns the efforts of individuals and corporations across the world. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future […]

We Can All Be Philanthropists

According to the Greek Playwright, Aeschylus who coined the term philanthropy in the 5th century, Philanthropy simply means “love of humanity”. Today, we would go further to define philanthropy as the love of humanity that drives us to act; by giving monetary gifts, our time, skills, or voices to causes we care about. Philanthropy therefore […]